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Old 05-15-2009, 06:43 AM   #1
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South Texas drought?

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Anyone live in South Texas? Is it really as dry as the Drought Monitor map implies?
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:24 AM   #3
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Sorry to hear that.

I love a nice torrential rain now and then (if it doesn't cause flooding). Cleans everything, makes the vegetation become green and lush, and I love the sound of a good heavy rain on the roof. And the birds just love it afterwards when they frolic and chirp on a wet lawn.

I think that what I will miss the most about New Orleans is the average 60" of rain each year (Missouri has much less). I won't miss the tropical storms and hurricanes, though, so maybe the non-tropical rainfall is at a similar level.
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I will gladly trade you texans some of the rain we have been getting the past couple springs.

In the last 3 weeks, we have had the following:

April 25 and 26th; 6 inch rainfall

May 9th: 3 inch rainfall

May 13th; 1.5 inch rainfall.

We have gotten so much precipitation in the past 12 months that the Great Lakes as a whole have added TWO FEET of water in that time.........
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Old 05-15-2009, 02:36 PM   #5
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We're just far enough north that the good rains we had in March and April have dropped my county from D4 to D2 on this map in the last couple of months. Farther south (out in REW's neck of the woods a bit south of here) it has been considerably worse and they didn't get as much of the drenching rains as we had a little farther north. (On one day in mid-March we received 4" of rain here. That kickstarted what was otherwise going to be a terrible wildflower season here and made it fairly decent.)

Having said that, high pressure has dominated again for the last 2-3 weeks and we seem to be back in the same dry pattern as before March.
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On one day in mid-March we received 4" of rain here.
What a difference 100 miles makes.

We've had less than 5" of rain so far this year. Tack that on to 2008 when we had less than 14" for the entire year (the average is 33"). Trees are dying and the cacti are thriving.

Yeah, it really is a dry heat...
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Yeah, we took a trip down south Texas (Rockport, Brownsville, South Padre, McAllen) this winter. Gawd, it looks awful. Of course, we had our drought here in North Texas, but thank goodness it's been raining this spring. I believe that officially we are out of the drought. Wonder if that means we can water our lawns anytime and as much as we like. Probably not.
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I live in Corpus Christi, smack in the middle of the D4 conditions. The drought is so bad that the seed the farmers put in the ground did not even sprout. I don't want to under estimate but I think our total rainfall here for the year is about 2 inches. We usually get 3.5 inches in may and so far it is zero. There was also a big zero last month. Our entire place is one dry, cracked expanse of rock hard dirt. Even the sunflower weeds are not growing on the roadsides. We even had to water the mesquite trees! The brown expanse is depressing.
We drove up to Houston last weekend and the conditions improve quite a bit just an hour north of here. I actually saw a few wildflowers up that way. My 91 year old grandma says she has only seen it dryer than this twice in her recollection.
We broke temperature records 4 out of the last 7 days. There is a cool front coming down now and they are all forecasting "some likely rain" but not everywhere and not much.....
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We drove through central Texas last month. Happen to catch the monsoon. Holy cow never seen it rain so hard. People were off the road. Went to look at blue bonnets and wild flowers around Fredericksburgh. They didn't seem too plentiful. Locals mentioned how dry it has been.
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We drove through central Texas last month. Happen to catch the monsoon. Holy cow never seen it rain so hard. People were off the road. Went to look at blue bonnets and wild flowers around Fredericksburgh. They didn't seem too plentiful. Locals mentioned how dry it has been.
Wildflower season around here starts in about late March/early April and goes through about the end of May, sometimes a little into June.

It got off to a really slow start this year, but 3-4 weeks after we had that soaking rain come through here in the middle of March, the bluebonnets finally started popping up.
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This is what my front yard looked like two years ago following a wet winter:



This is what my front yard looks like today:

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Wow, even the Mexican Primrose is dead...
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REWahoo, what a change for the worse!! I hope your drought ends soon.
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65 and raining all morning here. Looks like it's heading south toward REW's neighborhood. Hopefully they'll get hit -- as much as we need this rain, they need it even more.

After a couple of weeks mostly in the 90s, I'm opening all the windows and enjoying the cool temps. Oh, and enjoying listening to the rain.
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Supposed to be 106 here tomorrow in California. Hope my ac holds out
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65 and raining all morning here. Looks like it's heading south toward REW's neighborhood. Hopefully they'll get hit -- as much as we need this rain, they need it even more.
The line of storms split as they approached my house, par for the course of late. We got only a sprinkle...
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What he said...but it's raining now...
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I wish I could send some of our rain to you Wahoo...

We're just downright soppy.
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This is what my front yard looked like two years ago following a wet winter:



This is what my front yard looks like today:

Yeah, but that bush at the base of the guy wires looks like a yapping poodle. That make you feel better?
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News Flash!!!

It is raining!!! It is raining!!!! Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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